Who is off to Thailand soon and has no idea what to fill their Krabi itinerary with? I feel you!
Krabi offers up a ridiculous amount of things to do and places to go, and they are all very tempting.
Lucky for you, you stumbled on my site and I happen to have some great advice on what to do in Krabi. I’m not trying to toot my own horn or anything but I lived in Krabi for about a year and a half so I think I have some decent knowledge of the area.
With that said, I hate choosing favorites for other people, so here’s a realistic Krabi Itinerary on the things you can do in the area depending on how many days you have and to your preference. Feel free to mix and match the days and add or delete whatever you want.
I have quite a few other posts on Krabi that get way more specific and even a post with more choices of Krabi attractions you can grab ideas from. But the activities for Krabi I have right here are some of my favorite and I laid it out in a way so you can see what you can realistically fit in a day in Krabi.
If you’re looking for more info than this, try browsing all of my Krabi, Thailand posts which I have posted at the bottom.
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What To Do In Krabi & The Best Time to Visit Krabi
Considering I lived in Krabi, I could go on and on about the area. Here’s peek at what you can get up to in this dramatic karst mountain and blue water paradise.
Krabi Itinerary: 1 Day – Ao Nang Beach and Markets
If you’re only here for a day, you’re going to want to get out of Krabi Town and get to the beach, right? So head to Ao Nang, which is essentially Krabi’s main beach. Here’s everything you need so you don’t have to waste too much time traveling around.
You can beach bum or if you’re a bit more adventurous, grab a kayak from the end of Ao Nang beach and kayak out to the crazy beautiful karsts jutting out of the water.
Grab a massage at the million and one places available in the area, try some street food or one of the many restaurants – Massaman House is really good!
At night, if you want to visit some night markets, perhaps you can stay the night in Krabi Town and just spend the entire day at Ao Nang because Krabi Town has some better night markets. Also, you’ll likely need to be back in Krabi Town the next morning to move on to your next destination so the choice is yours!
If you want to stay out all night and experience some of the nightlife, then Ao Nang would be best for that.
Alternative: Should you want a quieter setting and beach, neighboring Nopparat Thara Beach is a good choice. If you want a taste of both, it’s totally possible. It’s a cheap songtaew (shared truck taxi thing) ride between the two.
Krabi Itinerary: 2 Days – Krabi Island Hopping
Visiting the islands is literally one of the best things to do in Krabi! Krabi island hopping is an absolute must while you’re in the area and will take up most of your day. There are plenty of islands to go hopping on, the 4 island tour in Krabi is, you guessed it, a day of visiting four islands around Krabi.
I can’t lie, you’re not going to get the islands all to yourself unless you’re here during off or shoulder season (more info on that below) but it’s still a really nice tour in my opinion. There’s no particular company to go with, they all offer essentially the same thing for the same price (around $15+ USD).
Pro tip for Krabi Island Hopping:
There’s an endless amount of islands around Krabi to head to, in fact, if you want to head to any island you want at any time, my best tip is to negotiate with a longtail boat driver for your own Krabi island hopping tour of your choice. If you hop around Krabi’s islands with your own boat, you’re going to have a way better time.
You get to choose how long you spend on the islands, you can hang out after the longtail boats that are on a tour leave and bliss out on the island without a bunch of other people. Head to Ao Nang beach and strike up a convo with any of the longtail dudes hanging around there. It should only be slightly more expensive than a regular Krabi island hopping tour if you have a few people to split it with.
Krabi Itinerary: 3 Days – Chill on Railay
I LOVE Railay Beach. Is it off grid and quiet? Eh, not really. It’s certainly no secret but it’s damn beautiful, so can you really blame people for flocking here?
It’s one of the prettiest and best places to visit in Krabi.
Railay West and Pranang Cave beach are the two gorgeous beaches here, the latter being the busiest of the two (mostly because it’s smaller so it seems more full).
Rock climb for a half day or just beach bum.
Krabi Itinerary: 4 Days – Get to Tonsai
So, I love Railay but I realllyyyy love Tonsai. It’s a more chill version of Railay and a lot of people flock to Railay and totally disregard Tonsai (Woo! I win!) which is funny since it’s literally a 15-minute walk away from Railay. It has definitely grown in popularity from my first visit five years ago but it’s still a favorite.
Tonsai possesses an incredibly picturesque beach with hippy reggae bars tucked into the jungle.
The beach is clear of pretty much everything but a couple of restaurants. Unfortunately, there are plans to put a resort right on the beach but it’s a very slow moving process, which is great news!
Just like Railay, the rock climbing here is like no other! I rock climbed on Railay and Tonsai, and while Tonsai is a bit more challenging, it’s my favorite.
If you really want to know what to do in Krabi, I’d say Krabi and Railay are two of the best places to chill out.
>>> Related: Find out more about Railay and Tonsai, in Krabi Thailand.
Krabi Itinerary: 5 Days – Climbing Tup Keak
Drive up to Tup Keak and spend the day beach bumming and climbing the mountain.
Curious to see what Krabi looks like from a birds-eye view?
No prob. Climb Tup Keak! You’ll need to take a taxi here and make them wait/come back to pick you up or just ride your own motorbike out here.
The hike provides some of the most incredible views you’ll experience on your Krabi itinerary as there aren’t too many options to get viewpoints (rock climbing and Tiger Cave are one of the only other ways to get some great views.)
A round trip hike takes around 3-4 hours depending on how quick you hike and how long you spend at the top.
At the end of your hike, Tup Kek beach is a few minutes away, go take a dip and chill for the rest of the day.
Krabi Itinerary: 6 Days – What to Do in Krabi Mix Day
Grab a motorbike and visit Tiger Temple, a hot spring, the Emerland pool, and overall just get lost riding around.
Today is kind of a mix it up as you please kind of day. You could squeeze in probably two of the following activities in one day maybe more if you go quick…
The Emerald Pool is a popular tourist spot, it’s certainly beautiful but depending when you go, the crowds make it less than desirable. Go early in the morning or later in the day to avoid the tour buses coming through.
Phanom Bencha National Park has a few waterfalls and some jungle trails to get lost in.
There are numerous hot springs around Krabi as well, however, due to the regularly hot weather, this type of activity is kept to the rainy days or the days where it’s not sweltering outside!
For some more excellent views of Krabi and a full on work out, man up and take on Tiger Cave Temple (Wat Tham Sua). No worries, no tigers kept in cages or anything here, just a statue of one and over 1,000 steps to the top of a mountain to see as far over Krabi and you can.
Krabi Itinerary: 7 Days – Kayak Ao Thalane
Take a day trip to Ao Thalane and enjoy the area up there by kayaking.
Hope on a motorbike and head a bit north for a day at Ao Thalane. More incredible karst cliffs to admire and you can spend the day out in a kayak going through mangroves and finding hidden beaches between the massive rock faces.
There are options to take a tour so you can explore more and glide through the mangrove forest. If you’re down to go off on your own, just stick to the ocean side of Ao Thalane. Maneuvering the mangroves gets tricky and you can get lost in there, and even worst, get caught out there when it’s low tide, don’t go in there without a guide!
Going Further on Your Krabi Itinerary…
Firstly, the best thing to do to see some of the best places in Krabi is to find them by getting lost.
Getting lost anywhere I visit anywhere in the world is my favorite thing to do when I travel. Krabi is no exception.
There are TONS of beaches to discover where few people go but you need to stumble upon them by riding around on a motorbike. In fact, there are a few beaches I love in the Krabi area but I have kept them off the blog (I’m allowed to keep SOME things to myself). I can tell you though, you don’t have to wander too far to find some nice hidden secrets.
Of course, should you want to really venture off, Krabi is pretty big and offers up some islands that are further away from the main Krabi area.
Wander off to the lonely island of Koh Jum and relish in seclusion, go put your party pants on and head to Koh Phi Phi or get the best of both worlds and spend some time on Koh Lanta. I have more info on these spots on the links below!
Have even more time? Want to switch out a few activities? I have a list of even more attractions in Krabi right here.
The Best Time To Visit Krabi
Finding out what to do with your Krabi itinerary is great and all but what about when to go? The best time to visit Krabi can be a bit tricky as everyone wants nothing but perfect weather but those “golden” months will also be the busiest and most expensive.
When Do I Think The Best Time to Visit Krabi Is?
June to October is a bit of a gamble to visit Krabi. You will likely experience rainy days and weather going as far as torrential downpours. November to May is sunnier and drier, and also the busiest months to visit Krabi.
If you want the best months to visit Krabi in my opinion, I’d have to say, April-May (some of the hottest months) or November. Of course, this is a bit of speculation on my part as I don’t have a crystal ball that tells me the weather for your exact dates (so let’s refrain from commenting things like, “what the weather going to be like this August!?)
But you can check what the weather in Krabi is right now, here, but these months are my recommendation because…
- They are shoulder season months. The weather in Krabi is often pretty decent but not perfect.
- Things will be cheaper!
The weather, now more than ever, is very fickle and can change at any time. Crazily enough, the weather differs drastically around the entire country. So if you’re planning to visit other parts of Thailand, you’ll need to do your research to time everything the best you can.
A rule of thumb is to aim between high and low seasons for anywhere you go. (aka shoulder season)
Things to Think About When Choosing When to Visit Krabi:
When you’re contemplating the best time to visit Krabi, keep in mind that shoulder season doesn’t mean rain all day! In fact, rainy season doesn’t mean rain all day every day either.
If you go just before or just after the rainy season there’s no need to be afraid that you’re going to get rained out.
More often than not, the rain happens for a small period of time and you get sun the rest of the day. Which isn’t a bad deal! Especially because it sometimes even happens like clockwork – you can almost predict when it’s going to rain each day.
If you’re after the best time to visit Krabi and you run into some unfavorable weather, worst case scenario, you cuddle up with a nice book, get a massage or gorge yourself with amazing Thai food. Not a bad day I’d say!
These shoulder season months are also unpredictable and you could have an entire week of sunshine. On the other hand, if you get unlucky, it could be a week with mostly overcast and rainy weather. It’s certainly a gamble but it can pay off.
Side note for visiting Krabi in April: This actually goes for the entire country, but just keep in mind this is one of the hottest months of the year for the country and also when they celebrate their New Year, Songkran. It’s an incredibly fun festival to participate in, it’s literally the largest water fight in the world! Just be aware when coming to visit. Places can book out early, arriving with bags during the festival would be a pain, and costs can go up.
Things I Bring Everywhere:
1. Power charger – I use this solar powered one. Never let your phone run out of battery.
2. Dry bag – I carry this bag everywhere. You never know when you may need a waterproof bag. Beach bag, rainy day purse, a savior to electronics, and an extra bag for groceries, shopping, or souvenirs.
3. Memory stick – Or perhaps an external hard drive if you take lots of RAW photos, to make sure all of your memories are kept safe and sound!
4. Cameras – No matter the adventure, I bring my GoPro. It’s so versatile and small! And for my more professional shots, my Canon Rebel is perfect. It’s a great all-around camera, read more about the travel gear I use.
6. Travel insurance – Never leave home without it. Grab a quote from Allianz or World Nomads depending on your travel style. I use Allianz but World Nomads is a popular second choice! Read more about travel insurance and if you actually need it.
Read More About Thailand…
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- My favorite places to eat in Krabi
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- Transportation Info and Tips for Thailand
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